CUNY Urban Food Policy Monitor
e-newsletter of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute  
Technology and the Future of the Food Workforce: An Exploration
By Craig Willingham, deputy director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
A robot named “Flippy” will prepare burgers at a fast food chain by 2019. Credit


In many ways, life in the 21st century has been much the same as it was in the 20th century. People go to work, school and spend time with friends and family in mostly the same ways they did sixty years ago. Moreover, many of the same issues plague society -- income inequality, low-wage work, diet-related and chronic disease, and challenges related to racial and social justice. However, in the last 15 years, a fundamental new force has emerged. Technology has come to play an ever larger role in our public and private lives; modifying every aspect of our daily lives, from how we work, play, shop and learn to who knows what about our personal lives.

This commentary explores how technology is changing how and what we eat and the means through which food is produced, distributed and sold. A particular focus is what these shifts, catalyzed by developments in technology, mean for the future of workers in the food sector.

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CUNY School of Public Health Celebrates its Inaugural Commencement Ceremony
CUNY SPH Dean Ayman El-Mohandes presents Dr. Mary Bassett, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner, with the Champion of Public Health Award.
CUNY SPH held its inaugural commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Master’s and doctoral graduates from the Class of 2017, as well as from the Fall Class of 2016 were celebrated at the ceremony, which was held at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.
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Upcoming Events
Urban Food Policy Forum: How Will Technology Influence Food Workers In The Next 10 Years?

June 22, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027

This forum focuses on current and future issues facing food workers, particularly those in cities, in the context of changes to the worker/employer relationship brought about by technological advances like increased automation, peer to peer transactions through sharing economy apps like Uber, high-tech urban agriculture, and online meal delivery services. Utilizing food jobs as a lens, we’ll explore how a range of industries continue to evolve as a result of changes in technology and the city, state and federal policies that encourage technological advances.
Staff News
Adam Jessup, Research Assistant
Adam Jessup is a Research Assistant at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute focusing on data processing and management as well as map design, data visualization and user experience design. Adam has worked at the Urban GIS lab at Lehman College and, prior to graduate school, as a freelance graphic designer. He holds a Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (GISc) from Lehman College, CUNY.
Partner News

City Budget Expands Universal Free School Lunch

As members of the Lunch 4 Learning campaign,  we are pleased to announce New York City has included additional funds in this year’s budget to expand universal free school lunch to include 90% of schools and 84% of students. Schools with more than 70 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch were included in this expansion, adding 890 schools to the 595 currently with universal. While not a fully universal expansion, these numbers represent a significant increase in the number of students covered by universal free school lunch. Advocates will continue to push for a fully inclusive and universal school meals policy.
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NYC Food Waste Fair
The NYC Food Waste Fair is bringing together sustainability experts and the food industry to learn how to reduce costs and get the most out of our food, while helping New York City’s environment.
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